Professor Sutton holds the Douglas & Lola Douglas Chair in Clinical Ophthalmology & Eye Health at Sydney University.  Despite the lengthy title he could best be described as an inquisitive surgeon rather than a career academic. He completed his ophthalmic training at Sydney Eye Hospital, before fellowship training in corneal, cataract and refractive surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital, St Thomas Hospital & Moorfields Hospital in London and the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany. He was awarded his Doctorate of Medicine at Auckland University in 2009.

Professor Sutton is a regarded internationally as an expert in cataract, refractive and corneal transplant surgery and is in private practice Vision Eye Institute, Chatswood,

He is involved in clinical and translational research in modern cataract & refractive surgery and has introduced many new surgical techniques to Australia. He also currently directs a research team at the Save Sight Institute at Sydney Eye Hospital where he is also the Medical Director of the Lions NSW Eye Bank. He has published over 100 papers and textbook chapters and given over 100 invited lectures locally and internationally.

Career highlights and appointments include;  Chief Ophthalmologist Sydney Olympics 2000, Council of Asia Cornea Society 2009, establishment of the 1st ever degree in Refractive Surgery at Sydney University  2010, International Independent Publishing  Award for “The Naked Eye” (co-authored) 2014, International Delphi Panel on Keratoconus 2014, APAO Achievement Award 2015, Lions International Achievement Award 2015, Visiting Professor LV Prasad India 2015,  Fellow of the Asia Pacific Academy of Professors of Ophthalmology 2015, RANZCO Council Lecture  2016. In 2018 he was awarded over 1M grant and the inaugural Sydney Research Innovation award for the iFixPen. He also was awarded two Gold Medals at the World Cataract Olympics at the World Ophthalmology Conference in Barcelona.

Professor Sutton has established a Corneal & Eye Bank Programme in Myanmar and is the Chair of an International Advisory Committee to establish a similar programme in Cambodia.